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womenfly
11-15-2005, 06:11 AM
The way real invasion strips were applied ...

http://www.ww2incolor.com/gallery/albums/black_and_white/dday_colors.jpg

Skinners do not be to perfect.

Bearcat99
11-15-2005, 06:14 AM
Yeah I noticed that on Band of Brothers.. it hadnt occured to me that in the rush of it all it would not be pristine until then.

Pirschjaeger
11-15-2005, 06:26 AM
Just curious, what is the purpose of the invasion stripes?

I can think of too many humorous answers. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Fritz

Dunkelgrun
11-15-2005, 06:36 AM
Recognition, pure and simple.

Cheers!

Sturm_Williger
11-15-2005, 06:47 AM
I always thought it was to make it easier for rookie AAA gunners to ID their planes.

Pirschjaeger
11-15-2005, 07:30 AM
Imagine two soldiers sitting at their post. Suddenly they see hundreds of planes heading toward them. The first soldier says "Invasion!I'll alert the others!". The second stops him and says "Wait you noob!, we can't see if they have invasion stripes yet!."

Fritz

hotspace
11-15-2005, 07:33 AM
Originally posted by womenfly:
The way real invasion strips were applied ...

http://www.ww2incolor.com/gallery/albums/black_and_white/dday_colors.jpg

Skinners do not be to perfect.

Hey, that's the man who painted the outside of my house...........badly http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif

Hot Space

Pirschjaeger
11-15-2005, 07:35 AM
Ok, I guess I don't have to ask you why you have invasion stripes on your house now.

Fritz

DoubleTap2005A
11-15-2005, 08:33 AM
The stripes were meant to hopefully cut down on the incidents of friendly fire during the invasion by establishing obvious, standard ID marks for all Allied aircraft. The Allied command knew that with thousands of airplanes in the air, crisscrossing the theatre over raging battles, the tendency would be to shoot first, ask questions later. Instead of having to distinguish between stars or crosses or circles, the stripes would hopefully stand out from an appreciable distance.

Pirschjaeger
11-15-2005, 09:46 AM
Makes sense, thx. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Fritz

Opiate364
11-15-2005, 10:12 AM
More specifically, during the invasion of Italy there were too many occasions where AAA gunners fired on their own planes.

marc_hawkins
11-15-2005, 10:30 AM
Didn't the luftwaffe use a defense of the reich type scheme which was kinda the same in principle to the invasion stripes?

Kocur_
11-15-2005, 10:34 AM
And soon those stripes appeared to be waste of paint, since Luftwaffe came up with far more efficient way of making it easy to recognize its planes over beachheads on the D-Day - made them all (but two) invisible http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

BaldieJr
11-15-2005, 10:39 AM
they were meant to be called invitation stripes but the band canceled and the caterer had a nervous breakdown. rather than go ahead with the party everyone decided to just have a war and now europe is full of bitter half-americans. of interest is the fact the skunks also have white stripes, and they stink horribly, much like the bitter half-americans, but thats a story i'll save until you all are old enough to understand.

major_setback
11-15-2005, 01:35 PM
Originally posted by Opiate364:
More specifically, during the invasion of Italy there were too many occasions where AAA gunners fired on their own planes.

This reminds me of Geoffry Wellum's comment (I might be remembering this wrongly) that the Navy couldn't be trusted (over Dunkirk?); that an aircraft was worth much less than a ship. They would therefore rather shoot down a friendly than risk loosing the ship.

Friendly_flyer
11-15-2005, 02:01 PM
Thanks for the picture, Womanfly!

That plane seems to me to be from a "sloppy" squadron. Look at the roundel, it's full of running dirt, and possibly a bit faded from the exhaust too. The Spitfire seems to have rather extensive exhaust stains overall. Also, this is clearly done "in the field", possibly on one of the makeshift airstrips on the Continent.

Does anyone know anything about the unit? It seems like an interesting plane to skin.

p1ngu666
11-15-2005, 02:13 PM
Originally posted by Opiate364:
More specifically, during the invasion of Italy there were too many occasions where AAA gunners fired on their own planes.

oh yeah, that was a utter disaster. troops ended all over the place. malta, italy, mount etna, some in africa. most ended up in the sea http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif